A novel approach for the assessment of thermal insulation in buildings using infrared thermography and artificial intelligence

Sen, A. and Al-Habaibeh, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, 2019. A novel approach for the assessment of thermal insulation in buildings using infrared thermography and artificial intelligence. In: A. Al-Habaibeh ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, A. Asthana and V. Vukovic, eds., The International Conference on Energy and Sustainable Futures (ICESF): Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 9 to 11 September 2019. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: Publications, pp. 7-13. ISBN 9781912253012

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Buildings consume high energy for space and water heating, and thereby contribute largely to greenhouse gas emission. Improving thermal insulation of buildings’ envelop can significantly reduce energy consumption for space heating as well as decrease greenhouse gas emission. However, prior to the retrofitting of a building it is required to evaluate the current level of wall insulation to estimate the additional requirements. Infrared thermography is an effective tool in evaluating building’s thermal performance when there is a reasonable temperature gradient between indoor and outdoor temperatures. This paper presents a novelapproach of using low-resolution infrared camera with a single point heating system from which the thermal conductivity and thermal insulation of building’s wall can be categorised and estimated. An experimental study has been conducted on different sample wall sections and Artificial Neural Network is used to analyse the infrared images of walls for categorisation based on the level of wall insulation. The results show significant accuracy in categorising the wall types based on their level of insulation from a set of infrared images.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Sen, A. and Al-Habaibeh, A.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University: Publications
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 9 September 2019
ISBN: 9781912253012
Rights: Copyright © 2019 Nottingham Trent University
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 16 Oct 2019 13:59
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 13:59
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37983

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